Northern Blooms: Paintings by Gayla Hodson 

AV Framing Gallery

There are the merest suggestions of background landscape in the paintings of Indy-based Gayla Hodson, who says that flowers "have a deeper meaning, a life and soul of their own." But there is more going on in her work than just portrayals of flowers. In the acrylic painting "Japanese Gardens" small white flowers take up just a fraction of the canvas, in the foreground. The waves of color on the rest of the canvas - dark blues, greens, and reds - dominate. You could imagine a passing storm over a lakeside garden, where sheets of rainwater obscure the horizon but the painting seems to be all about color and mood. In "Spring Fling" the mood is one of wild exuberance, with dominantly-vertical drips of lime-green paint leading up towards the top of the canvas where multicolored flowers are portrayed in bloom. Through January 23; 317-356-3776,

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